Former reporter for local newspaper discusses new book

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April 06, 2012

Novelist and journalist Joe Samuel Starnes will lecture at the Old Governor’s Mansion at Georgia College about his current novel of a Southern landscape forever changed by one environmental decision.

Joe Samuel Starnes Joe Samuel StarnesStarnes will discuss “Fall Line,” at 6 p.m. Friday, April 27 in the Old Governor’s Mansion’s Education Building.

“For lovers of Southern fiction, Fall Line is an engaging narrative with well-crafted characters and situations that should appeal to a range of audiences,” said Matt Davis, mansion curator.

The event is free and open to the public. A book signing and reception will follow the lecture.

“Fall Line” developed from Starnes’ interest in manmade lakes and the effects resulting from their creation. The book chronicles an eventful day in the life of a rural Georgia community about to change forever.

Using complex characters who want to do the right thing, “Fall Line” depicts bitterness, loss, violence, revenge, hypocrisy, land grabs and wounded families.

Starnes was born in Alabama and raised in Cedartown, Ga. For the past decade he has lived in New Jersey and Philadelphia.

He worked as a reporter during the early 1990s at Milledgeville’s local newspaper, The Union-Recorder. “Fall Line” presents a local connection since it was inspired by stories Starnes wrote about Lake Sinclair.

Starnes earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from University of Georgia and a master’s degree in English from Rutgers University in Newark, N.J.

“This book is a promising read that grabs the reader so intently,” said Jim Turner, mansion director.

“Fall Line” will become available for purchase in the Gift Shop at the Old Governor’s Mansion.

For more information about this lecture call 478-445-4545.

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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